There is no shortage of regulars on the list of the top 100 GOLF courses in the world – in fact, almost all of them are regulars. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any unsubscribes or new faces. This time around, seven newcomers made their debut, and in the next few days, we’ll be introducing (or reintroducing!) Each of them. Here’s a look at # 76 in the 2021-22 rankings: Oak Hill’s East Couse in New York.
# 76: Oak Hill (East)
Pittsford, New York
Donald Ross (1921), Andrew Green (2020)
Championship golf is a double-edged sword. The regular hosting of major events confers prestige and pride on all members. Conversely, many sites deemed worthy of importance were built around a century ago, when hickory-sided clubs were the norm. There is tremendous pressure on clubs to evolve their course to handle the progress of the equipment.
A trivial way? Increase the use of penitentiary water obstacles. That’s what happened at Oak Hill in the late 1970s when the club introduced water to two new one-shotters, the 6th and 15th. The result? The course gave some moments engraved in the American tradition, like that of Jack Nicklaus tour de force performance by winning the 1980 PGA Championship by seven strokes and the 1995 Ryder Cup.
So everything was fine, right? Actually no. To their credit, the club instead embraced the fact that the original course designer Donald Ross was the maestro and, given Ross’s time in Rochester, his work should be brought back as far as the possible. Among other improvements, Andrew Green ensured that the incongruous aquatic elements were removed and that the mighty Eastern Course was once again a cohesive masterpiece of the Golden Age without flaws.